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The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked 

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If you were a kid in the 90s or 2000s, you probably have seen several of the best PBS kids TV shows. Many of those PBS kids shows are actually still around and more popular than ever. But out of all those programs, which was the most popular show to ever air on PBS? Was it Sesame Street or Berenstain Bears? Fellow fans rank their favorite PBS kids TV shows below. Don't agree with the rankings below? Feel free to vote shows up or down. Better yet, you can rerank the list yourself.

This list of the top current and canceled PBS Kids TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best PBS Kids TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on PBS Kids, as this list covers the entire history of the network. Old PBS Kids shows were truly the best, as '90s PBS shows brought tons of color and adventure to old little kids shows. PBS Kids shows from the '90s especially stood out on TV to many generation Y and Z kids. But you'll be glad to know that PBS Kids is still home to some of the best childrens' television shows today, with series such as Molly of Denali, Esme & Roy, and Let's Go Luna!

Although the network is primarily dominated with cartoons, you can find a couple of live action shows mixed in there as well. Classic cartoons, like Arthur and Curious George, are featured on PBS Kids, and more recent shows, like Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood have a place there as well. Live action shows like Zoom and Zoboomafoo are also available.

Television fans in different locations may have grown up with PBS Kids shows on different channels, but the top TV shows on PBS Kids should be pretty familiar to everyone. The list of top PBS Kids television shows below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the PBS Kids network, even cancelled PBS Kids shows. Vote up the best shows on PBS Kids below.

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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Animation, Humour, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, + more

Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for the Public Broadcasting Service. The show is set in the fictional ...more

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Shockingly Dark 'Arthur' Fan Theories #77 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Timelisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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Dragon Tales is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Andrea Libman, Danny McKinnon, Ty Olsson

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Fantasy television, Fantasy

Dragon Tales is an American animated pre-school children's television series created by Jim Coane and Ron Rodecker and developed by Coane, Wesley Eure, Jeffrey Scott, Cliff Ruby and Elana ...more

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#130 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #145 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #115 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time

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The Berenstain Bears is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Michael Cera, Brian Cummings, Mark Rendall

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series

The Berenstain Bears is an Gemini Award-nominated animated television series based on the children's book series of the same name by Stan and Jan Berenstain. The series follows the lives of a ...more

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#55 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #141 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #65 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

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Zoboomafoo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Gord Robertson

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Nature, Children's television series, Comedy

Zoboomafoo is an American / Canadian children's television series that aired from January 25, 1999 to November 21, 2001 and is still currently shown in syndication and it is regularly shown on ...more

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#4 of 95 The Most Chill Nature & Animal Shows To Watch High #73 of 378 The Best Children's TV Shows #12 of 54 The Best Educational Television Shows

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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker, Rino Romano

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series

Curious George is an animated television series based on the Curious George children's book series, which features Jeff Bennett as the voice of The Man with the Yellow Hat. Frank Welker, who ...more

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#79 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #104 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #117 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time

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The Magic School Bus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Educational television

The Magic School Bus is a Canadian–American Saturday morning animated children's television series, based on the book series of the same name by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for ...more

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15 Magic School Bus Fan Theories That Will Make You Question Your Entire Childhood #44 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #51 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Mister Rogers' Neighborh... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
wiabux added Keith David, Fred Rogers, Don Francks

Premiered: 1968

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Educational television

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is an American half-hour children's television series that was created and hosted by namesake Fred Rogers. The series originated in 1963 as Mister Rogers on CBC ...more

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#137 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time #42 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #4 of 54 The Best Educational Television Shows

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Cyberchase is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Novie Edwards, Annick Obonsawin, Jacqueline Pillon

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Education, Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Mystery, + more

Cyberchase is an American animated television series that premiered on January 21, 2002, on PBS Kids. The series focuses around three earth kids, Jackie, Matt, and Inez, who are brought into ...more

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#165 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #348 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #90 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
wiabux added Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

Premiered: 1969

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Education, Animation, Children's television series, Live action, + more

Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated ...more

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12 Fascinating Facts About Sesame Street You Never Knew as a Kid #45 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Yearslisted on Longest Running Children's TV Shows

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Clifford the Big Red Dog... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added John Ritter, Grey DeLisle, Cree Summer

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Educational television, Animated series

Clifford the Big Red Dog is an American-British animated children's television series, based upon Norman Bridwell's famous children's book series of the same name. Produced by Scholastic ...more

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#121 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #140 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time #82 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

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Clifford's Puppy Days is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Clifford's Puppy Days Lara Jill Miller, Henry Winkler, Masiela Lusha

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

Clifford's Puppy Days is a short-lived animated children's television series that originally aired on Both PBS and PBS Kids from 15 September 2003 to 13 October 2004. A prequel to the original ...more

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#233 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #131 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time #232 of 1,318 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

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Bill Nye the Science Guy... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
wiabux added Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson, Bill Nye

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Education, Children's television series, Educational television, Comedy

Bill Nye the Science Guy is a live action educational television program that originally aired from September 10, 1993 to June 20, 1998 and was hosted by Bill Nye. The show aired on PBS Kids and ...more

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#129 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate #141 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time #25 of 83 The Best After School Shows from the '90s

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Reading Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
wiabux added LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang

Premiered: 1983

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

Reading Rainbow is an American children's television series that aired on PBS Kids and PBS Kids Go! from June 6, 1983, until November 10, 2006, that encouraged children to read. In 2012 an iPad ...more

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#179 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate #170 of 422 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch #86 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman, Kathryn Mullen

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Comedy, Puppet

Between the Lions was a PBS Kids puppet television series designed to promote reading. The show was a co-production between WGBH in Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd., in New York City, in ...more

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#188 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time #101 of 378 The Best Children's TV Shows #17 of 77 The Best Puppet TV Shows

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WordGirl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Zinnate added Dannah Feinglass Phirman, Ryan Raddatz, Maria Bamford

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Educational television, Animated series

WordGirl is an American children’s animated television series produced by the Soup2Nuts animation unit of Scholastic Entertainment for PBS Kids. The show began as a series of shorts entitled The ...more

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#427 of 456 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time #267 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #83 of 378 The Best Children's TV Shows

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Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Jim Conroy

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Game show, Reality television

Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, sometimes shortened as Fetch!, is a children's television series on PBS during the PBS Kids Go! block of educational programming. It is a reality-game show that is ...more

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#111 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time #131 of 148 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #80 of 87 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

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Martha Speaks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Brian Drummond

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Comedy, Animated series

Martha Speaks is a American-Canadian animated children's television series based on the 1992 children's book of the same name by Susan Meddaugh, about a talking dog named Martha, who is owned by ...more

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#190 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #99 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time #170 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

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Wild Kratts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
hydu7 added Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Athena Karkanis

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Adventure film, Comedy

Wild Kratts is an American/Canadian educational children's animated series created by Chris and Martin Kratt. The Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Media Group produce the show, which is ...more

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#182 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #491 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #100 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time

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Sagwa The Chinese Siames... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat Khaira Ledeyo, Holly G. Frankel, Carrie Finlay

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series

Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat was a PBS animated program aired in 2001, adapted from Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat books by Amy Tan.

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#443 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #171 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time #322 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Wishbone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added Wishbone Amy Acker, Melissa Archer, Shelley Duvall

Premiered: 1995

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

Wishbone is a half-hour children's television show that aired from 1995 to 1998 in the United States on PBS. The show's title character is a Jack Russell Terrier. Wishbone lives with his owner ...more

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#158 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #211 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #47 of 83 The Best After School Shows from the '90s

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Barney & Friends is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
VincentOsekwe added Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Tory Green

Premiered: 1992

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Adventure film, Comedy, Family Film

Barney & Friends is an American children's television series aimed at children from ages 1 to 8. The series, which first aired on April 6, 1992, features the title character Barney, a purple ...more

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#2 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time #259 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #1,051 of 1,318 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

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Thomas the Tank Engine &... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Alec Baldwin, Ringo Starr, George Carlin

Premiered: 1984

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Stop motion, Short Film, Family Film, + more

Thomas & Friends is a British-American children's television series, which had its first broadcast on the ITV network in 1984 and airs on PBS Kids in the US. It is based on The Railway ...more

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The History Behind 'Thomas The Tank Engine' Is Actually Really Dark #153 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #276 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Liberty's Kids is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added Liberty's Kids Whoopi Goldberg, Liam Neeson, Billy Crystal

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Animation, Historical fiction, Children's television series, Educational television

Liberty's Kids is an animated educational historical fiction television series produced by DIC Entertainment, originally broadcast on PBS Kids from September 2, 2002 to April 4, 2003, although ...more

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#374 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #146 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time #413 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Zoom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Zoom Jared Nathan

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

Zoom is an American television program for ages eight and up, created almost entirely by children. It originally aired on PBS from January 4, 1999 to June 24, 2005. It was a remake of a 1972 TV ...more

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#70 of 83 The Best After School Shows from the '90s #167 of 378 The Best Children's TV Shows #22 of 54 The Best Educational Television Shows

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Peep and the Big Wide Wo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Joan Cusack, Megan Mullally, Jayne Eastwood

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

Peep and the Big Wide World is an American/Canadian produced Flash-animated television series created by Canadian Animator Kaj Pindal and based on the 1988 short film Peep and the Big Wide World ...more

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#77 of 378 The Best Children's TV Shows #19 of 30 The Best Bird Cartoons